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The Challenge (1970)

Gallery, a U.S. commando, and Yuro, an enemy commando, are sent to a no man's Pacific jungle island to capture a crashed U.S. space satellite. Whoever survives, wins. Their nations have agreed to this to avoid war, but they cheat.

Director:

George McCowan (as Alan Smithee)

Writer:

Marc Norman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Darren McGavin ... Jacob Gallery
Broderick Crawford ... Gen. Lewis Meyers
James Whitmore ... Overman
Skip Homeier ... Lyman George
Paul Lukas ... Dr. Nagy
Sam Elliott ... Bryant
Mako ... Yuro
Adolph Caesar ... Clarence Opano
Andre Philippe Andre Philippe ... Swiss Official
Arianne Ulmer Arianne Ulmer ... Sarah
Davis Roberts ... Scientist
Byron Morrow ... Defense Secretary
Bill Zuckert ... Army Colonel
Joseph Bernard Joseph Bernard ... Doctor
Gene LeBell Gene LeBell ... Karate Instructor
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All-out war between the United States and an Asian country is averted when the two sides agree to settle their differences by each choosing a single soldier as champion, and having the two men fight to the death on an isolated island. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1970 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was Paul Lukas' final acting role before his death on August 15, 1971, at the age of eighty. See more »

Goofs

For about three minutes in the film, some tree brush is seen hanging off the camera in the upper left corner and it remains there for the three minutes putting it over every shot, only once disappearing slightly when it appears to either be blown slightly off or pulled back by a crewman, but not fully. See more »

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Cold War made for TV action movie
25 January 2007 | by macliggett1See all my reviews

I too, saw this movie when it first aired on ABC television as their Movie of the Week. The cast is very strong with some outstanding character actors taking what could have been a very hoaky movie and execute the story with believability. Mako and Darrin McGavin have an interesting relationship and interact well as they try to kill each other. Neither care much for their governments but, fight to win in spite of that. This movie has been highly under rated. I too, would like to see this movie get released, either back out on to syndication or DVD. A good Cold War movie. It's fun to see movies where actors are just starting out, Sam Elliot is the case in point here. He plays the Army's choice (and the ace up the sleeve) for the Champion. He is the by the book professional soldier who follows orders against McGavin as the unorthodox mercenary who is preferred by the State Department. Brodrick Crawford is the General who would rather not play this game and James Whitmore is the political suit who has to make the whole game work.


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